So many of you have asked me what my big Hairy goal will be..
Well, the suspense is over…
In 2019, my big hairy goal was to run my FIRST MARATHON. And I ran the NYC Marathon! In 2020, before the pandemic, I planned to run ONE half marathon EACH MONTH. I ran 3 live races but had to run 6 half marathons virtually due to all races being cancelled. In 2021, unfortunately the Pandemic continued. Even though racing opportunities started opening up, I never felt that I would be able to achieve a BIG goal.
For 2022, this is what I said it would NOT be:
- run streak
- Ragnar race
- obstacle race
- 50 state challenge
- online certification courses
In that same post, I wrote about why it’s important to have a BIG goal.
So my 2022 goal is:
Run a SUB 2:27 half marathon!!
So I can qualify to run the NYC Marathon and NYC Half Marathon..
To give you some background, I ran SUB 2:12 for half marathons in 2018 (Brooklyn HM) and in 2019 (H2H HM). So I did qualify for the NYC Marathon and NYC Half Marathon in 2019 (which I ran) and in 2020 (when the races didn’t happen).
Since then my half marathon times have slowed down considerably.
Here are my 2021 half marathon times:
But the good news is that I will be 70 in 2023.
That means that in 2022, I need to run one certified half marathon SUB 2:27!!
With running, I take nothing for granted. I am not confident that it will happen. My legs are not getting any younger. My feet still have issues. But at least I will give it a shot.
So why this goal:
1.It will help me stay consistent with my running and even make improvements.
Even if I don’t meet that goal, I will be a better runner.
And even if I do, there’s no guarantee that I will get in anyway.
But as they say, the journey is what is important.
2. There is no other marathon that I want to run.
I know that because I’ve already run it. It was amazing in every way.
And it’s nearby and hopefully friends will come to cheer me on again.
I’d also like to run the half marathon again. When I ran it in 2019, I was recovering from a calf injury. And I never have been selected through the lottery.
3. The old adage: “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained.”
And you never know unless you try. This gives me a number to shoot for.
And that’s something that I rarely do. My race goals are usually “Just Finish!”
So I may crack under the pressure. Or my feet may give out.
4. Carpe Diem.
You never know what the future will bring. I have friends who have died before they hit 70.
I have no idea how long I will be able to run and how much longer I will be able to run 13.1 miles let alone 26.2.
5. Can you think of a better way to celebrate reaching age 70?
Happy Running! What do you think of my BIG goal? Do you have one for 2022? Please share.
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